Case update: Arkansas COVID-19 cases increase by 856 on Monday

The Arkansas Department of Health announced that COVID-19 cases in Arkansas increased by 856 on Monday.

Hospitalizations were up by 46, bringing the total number of patients hospitalized in the state to 1,459.

There are currently 323 patients in the state on ventilators, up by 20 since Sunday.

The state also announced 31 new deaths on Monday, bringing the total number of deaths in the state as a result of the pandemic to 6,498.

There are currently 24,098 cases of COVID-19 considered active in the state, which includes those that have tested positive by both PCR and antigen testing methods. The ADH dashboard currently lists 2,016 active cases in Washington County and 1,760 in Benton County.

There were 4,243 PCR tests and 566 antigen tests announced Monday.

The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 420,663 since the pandemic began.

The state announced that 7,443 additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, bringing the total number of doses given by the state to 2,524,334. The state lists 353,667 as partially immunized, and 1,129,229 individuals as fully immunized.

Arkansas continues to lag behind the rest of the country in vaccinations. According to the New York Times vaccine tracker, Arkansas is ranked 45th with just 39% of the population being reported as fully vaccinated.

Arkansas is averaging 2,199 new cases per day, or 73 per 100,000 residents over the last two weeks. The state is currently ranked fifth worst among states in the per 100,000 category over that time, according to the Times. Cases in the state are up 16% over the last 14 days.

By comparison, Vermont - who has at least partially vaccinated nearly 75% of its population - is only reporting about 67 new cases per day, or 11 for every 100,000 residents.

All Arkansans ages 12 and older are currently eligible for a vaccine.

Those who need assistance locating a vaccine can call 1-800-985-6030.

The top counties for new cases on Monday were Pulaski (140), Benton (85), and Craighead (82).